About the course
The Course, Critical Issues in Public Finance will consider contemporary issues affecting the fiscal state of local governments. Covered will be issues that have distressed municipalities; the policies/initiatives that seek to rectify such including privatization /public-private partnerships; reformation of municipal pensions; sustainable education funding alternatives; and tax policies aimed at promoting economic growth. Students will be assigned to a team, which will identify and provide a solution for an issue or issues plaguing a fictional government. Each team will prepare a written report and make a presentation all of which will constitute the final project. Assignments will serve as the building blocks for the final written work product and presentation developed by each team. The class is divided into four modules. The first module will take a historical look at events behind fiscal distress in municipalities and then explore current day drivers that are causing the same today. Modules two, three and four will examine some of the tools that have been used successfully or otherwise to remediate the drivers of fiscal distress. In each module case studies will be used to further analyze the particular fiscal challenge of a municipality. Written assignments will be based on case studies.
This is a "hybrid" course, with synchronous, online meetings and once-monthly,on-campus meetings in Philadelphia, PA. Also, please note there is an additional $150 online course fee.
Folasade (Sade) A. Olanipekun-Lewis is the Regional Director for Government Affairs and Air Service at American Airlines. Previously, she was the Chief Administrative Officer of the Philadelphia International Airport. Prior to her time at the airport, Ms. Olanipekun-Lewis served as the Chief Fin...
Matthew Stitt serves as Chief Financial Officer for the City Council of Philadelphia in the Office of the President. As Chief Financial Officer, Matthew is responsible for: (1) providing financial, analytical, and programmatic support to the City Council, including the facilitating of the City Co...
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